Robert Whittaker ruled out of UFC 234 title defence

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In the middleweight co-feature, which is expected to produce the next title challenger, unbeaten Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is more than a 6-1 favorite against former longtime champ Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC). White has also confirmed that Whittaker will be heading into surgery today to correct the issue that's forced this sudden change of events.

Rising New Zealand sensation Israel Adesanya will suddenly become part of the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne on Sunday, after Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw due to a hernia.

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Per Okamoto, the hernia was not related to Whittaker's weight cut.

While the promotion did receive a pair of short-notice offers from both Donald Cerrone and Chael Sonnen to help save tonight's UFC 234 event, officials ultimately chose to pull Kelvin Gastelum from tonight's fight card. The bout will determine the next contender to the title, likely after Whittaker defends vs. Gastelum. The event was scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Australia, due to the 28-year-old's status as the first Australian to hold a UFC belt.

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For all the good luck that the UFC had in keeping fights scheduled through January, February is not starting off the same way. It's just the second time two winners of "The Ultimate Fighter" will meet for a UFC title.

Abdelaziz said White told him that the UFC will "take care" of Gastelum.

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